NBA execs don’t believe Cavs’ Kevin Love is a ‘game-changer who can put a team over the top’
From the outside looking in, it seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love are headed for a split soon. As of now, however, the Cavs haven’t gained any traction on a Love trade. The 31-year-old forward would prefer a trade to a contender, though he has not publicly asked for one.
NBA execs don’t expect teams interested in Love to give up a lot to acquire him since they don’t see Love as a “game-changer who can put a team over the top,” per Sam Amico of SI:
A survey of opposing executives reveals a few things about Kevin Love, not many of which are promising for a deal.
He’s 31 years old.
He has three years and $90 million left on his contract.
He’s not viewed as a game-changer who can put a team over the top.
He has an extensive injury history.
A five-time All-Star and NBA champion, Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract with the Cavs after this season ends.
Love is averaging 17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. He is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free-throw line.
A bevy of contenders would love to acquire Love from the Cavs, but only for the right price.